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lee auto disk powder measure

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kennedy, Jan 9, 2008.

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  1. kennedy

    kennedy Member

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    Is there any way to use lee`s auto disk to load .308? I use it for .40 because the die set came with an expanding die, but nothing like that came with my dies for .308.
     
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    it dont like the long grain rifle powders at all& hopper life is cut very short!!!

    GP100man
     
  3. telecaster1981

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    I commonly use the Lee Pro Auto Disc Powder Measure on top of the Lee rifle charging die to charge rifle cases, including .308. I have the 'Adjustable Charge Bar' installed on mine and with some fine tuning and adjustment, it will throw consistent charges, sometimes with as little variance as plus or minus .1 grain. One thing to remember, though, is that one has to actuate the charging mechanism 2-3 times to get the desired charge for most larger rifle cartridges, i.e. I need 45 grains of powder for my '06, then I set the charge bar at 15 grains and actuate the charger 3 times. Still, pretty accurate!
     
  4. Grandpa Shooter

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    I use the Auto disk to load. I bought the Lee Universal Rifle charging die so that I could load 223,30-30, 308, 30.06. You will need the side spacers, or make your own legs for it to stand on. It will require using two disks stacked. Just remember to put the larger cavity on top of the smaller cavity. Otherwise it will not drain the powder down though it.

    Also remember the Lee disks are made to throw a little less than what you would expect, so weigh out half a dozen throws before you get going too far. In order to get the throw I want I use two disks that are .02 more combined than what the coversion chart calls for. Weighs out right every time after that. However it will depend on how well the powder you use meters. I recommend playing with it a little too see how consistent your powder throw is. Of course you need a good scale. Balance or digital as long as it is accurate.
     
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    With a disk doubler kit, should be no problem. Hodgdon 4895, disk doubler set and two of the "D" disks on largest cavity = 43.2 grains, under a 168-grain bullet it's about perfect.
    You will need a rifle charging die, available through Lee or a reseller.
     
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    OOPS mea culpa

    I got that backwards. The smaller cavity must be on top to drain into the larger cavity, not smaller on top, otherwise the powder won't drain through correctly. I also would not use stick powder since it likely will jam in the measure.:scrutiny:
     
  7. RustyFN

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    I have heard of people setting it up to throw half the charge and running the case into the powder die twice. I don't think I would do it that way but I don't load anything that large yet. I think it would be possible to stack three disks if you bought the longer bolts at the hardware store but haven't tried it yet. So it looks like I haven't been any help at all.:D
    Rusty
     
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